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7 home remedies for diabetes mellitus

Updated on July 3, 2014

According to google search, the most sufferers from diabetes mellitus are in the most developed and inhabited countries in the world.

  1. India
  2. United States
  3. Canada
  4. United Kingdom

I will not go into details explaining what this plague of a disease is. I want to point you to few home remedies for diabetes, that you may be unaware of:

Rose Geranium
Rose Geranium | Source

1. Rose Geranium (Pelargonium roseum)

Healing part of the plant is the leaf mass, gathered when the Pelargonium blossoms actively. This herb not only lowers blood glucose levels in diabetes mellitus but also lowers blood pressure and helps blood coagulation. This is awesome for diabetes mellitus, because sometimes the sufferers of this disease have wounds opening on their feet and skin ruptures.
You need to know that Pelargonium lowers VERY quick the blood glucose and need not to be overdosed, because it can lead to hypoglycaemia. Too low sugar may lead to comma.

How to use Pelargonium safely to normalize glucose levels?

40 freshly gathered leaves are cut to small pieces. One full jar of liquid honey is poured over (full jar is a little bit above 1 pound). The juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon is added and all this is mixed until it goes smooth.

One teaspoon of this herbal remedy is taken before every meal (3-4 times per day). Pelargonium has very sweet aroma and this herbal mix is quite good appetizer. Glucose level are safely normalized because of the honey inside the mix. Don't overdose it though.

If you feel hypoglycаemia coming, get a cube (or two) of sugar under your tongue until it dissolves completely. This should get your glucose back to above 4 mmol/l fast.

You can also make weaker herbal tea with Pelargonium. Put one leaf in a cup and pour hot water. The taste and aroma is great. And glucose will not drop that fast as with the honey mix.

Banaba fruits
Banaba fruits | Source

2. Banaba (Legerstroemia speciosa)

Banaba is perennial tree native to Philippines and India. 60 feet tall with very good leaf mass used for various medicinal purpose. The most important of them is gathered from its blossoms and seedy fruits. They have one of the cheapest Insulin substitute.

People suffering from diabetes mellitus can drink infusion from the leafs and fruits to lower their glucose. Blood glucose levels are lowered by an acid named Corosolic Acid. Often extracts from this tree fruits is combined with other blood glucose lowering agents and are sold as capsules.

The other good word for Banaba is "weightloss". It is a mild diuretic, helping the body get rid of water and helping kidneys to work better.

The only bad part is "not tested if compatible with pregnancy". So gestational diabetes is better not be treated with this herb.

3. Green tea

Green tea is the best all-world-accessible antioxidant tea. It keeps the heart diseases at bay, rises body immune system, lowers risk of cancer and lowers glucose and cholesterol levels. Burns fat when used frequently and improves metabolism rate.

Green tea is also rich on Vitamin C, Potassium, Fluorine, Iodine, Copper and the whole gamma of Vitamin B.

(There are also plenty of herbs that help reduce blood sugar and protect kidneys from diabetic nephropathy and stones.)

Bean pods
Bean pods | Source

4. Dry Bean Pods

This is one unknown diabetes mellitus trick to lower glucose level. Remove the beans (or cook them separately to a good and healthy meal). Boil a handful of the empty pods in a pint of water and let them cool. Sift. Pour some fresh lemon juice to improve the taste.

Prepare it in the evening and put it in the fridge for the next day.

Drink the infusion 3 times a day before meals. It is a very mild glucose lowering tea. Don't count on it if you are often going hyper.

Onion Slice
Onion Slice | Source

5. Raw Onion juice.

Cut (slice) a small onion around the equator.

Put it in a glass of water.

Wait for 10 minutes.

You will see small milky strains going in the water from the onion.

Drink this every morning. Onion juices are proved to help pancreas produce more insulin. It is only good for type 2 diabetes, but it is cheap, and can be done at home.

Downfall - taste is awful and the aftertaste is even worse.

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar.
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar. | Source

6. Apple vinegar.

You need healthy stomach for this one. If you are ulcer sufferer or can't stand vinegar, just skip this part.

2 tablespoons of natural apple vinegar before meal needs to be taken for a whole week. 50% lower glucose levels are observed in trials. People suffering from diabetes mellitus had shown improvement after 1-2 weeks.

According to the trial, vinegar slows glucose rising after meals to bearable levels even after very heavy carbohydrate meals.

The only downfall is - you need to make your own apple vinegar to be sure it is natural.

Drinks | Source

7. Drinks

1 glass of wine or
1 beer or
1 glass of Vodka or whatever you prefer.

Have this before lunch or dinner.

Alcohol slows the gluconeogenesis in the liver (creating of new glucose from the food) because the liver is busy working on this glass of wine you got before dinner.

Even people not suffering from diabetes mellitus can benefit from this. Some trial say that a 37% lower glucose levels are observed on post meal blood checks in people that drink moderately.

Downfall? Who can dine with only one glass of wine :D ?!


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      6 years ago

      im trying the onion juice

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Tebo, it's all about being aware and some math.

      Don't forget to monitor your sugar levels and at least 2 times per year to get hba1c levels checked.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Chen :) raw onion juice taste is not pleasant. Nor is the broth from dry bean pods.

      But you get used to it. It's a kind of spicy tea you get once per day. Not worse than ginger tea or bitter root tea.

      You just need to adapt.

    • tebo profile image


      6 years ago from New Zealand

      I have family members with diabetes type 2. These are very interesting options and from reading your comments you have a very good handle on diabetes. A great hub with lots of good options for people who are struggling to control their condition.

    • shai77 profile image


      6 years ago

      Very cool. Heaven knows you can use all the help you can get with diabetes. I wonder how raw onion juice water tastes? Making me cringe but worth a shot. Thanks for the great guide.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thanks for sharing keirnanholland it is a good trick to eat something small that you like, so the urge goes away.

    • keirnanholland profile image

      pulled name 

      6 years ago from nowhere

      My father has type 2 diabetes, and doctor said I was borderline, one major factor in my road to recovery seems to avoid fast sugars that drive me to eat more food, so : i don't eat bread, have no butter or margerine in fridge, I eat mostly meat, al dente pasta with pasta sauce, i drink 10 calorie sodas (they HFCS in them but probably not enough to spike blood sugar), but still i'm losing weight because I don't eat things like bread, ice cream, chocolate, and I don't binge eat because i stay away from fast carbs. A trick, i found, keep a jar of peanut butter, if you ever get he urge, put knife in peanut butter , spoon it out , lick it off.. More fun, and urge goes away.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Yes, you are right Deltachord. I mention it few times in the comments to not try to self heal with herbs without consulting your MD first.

      I can speak about bean pods, geranium and raw onions. They lower blood glucose in a friend of mine who tries diet and herbs only. He is quite strict about diet and use the herbs only when the glucometer shows higher values than 5.5 mmol/l

    • Deltachord profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Your Hub mentions some remedies I wasn't aware of. Good research. Though people with diabetes would do well to confirm the research before using the remedies that needed to be cautioned, maybe find some studies.

      I buy natural Apple Cider Vinegar, no problem.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for voting Jmillis2006, and be sure to monitor your hubby's blood glucose levels regularly.

    • Jmillis2006 profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, my husband has diabetes and I am going to get him to try some off these, I am pretty sure he will not go for the onion drink though. Voted up

    • Neinahpets profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Oh most definitely. Thank you.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Neinahpets, please - be sure to monitor your glucose levels and speak with your MD about the herbs.

      Some of them may lower blood glucose faster than any, so caution is needed.

    • Neinahpets profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      This is great!! I am a diabetic and I'm happy to hear of these home remedies I can use.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      James, I am not familiar with SB SIDH's method, but please - don't do anything that can reduce glucose levels too rapidly.

      While going hyper can make you feel sick for a week, going hypo may actually kill you.

      I really hope you still have your medical appointments for glucose and HBA1C check while using the SB Sidh

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      james lewis 

      6 years ago

      I wan to say Thanks to this blog and also want to say thanks to sally for providing SB SIDH mailing address in above comments. I have started with SB SIDH medicine and it has really worked for me in reducing my BGL.I'm not using lemon or coconut, MR SB asked me to start with fennu greek seed with raw onion juice mixed with waster. Mr SB treatment is totally different from all doctors. he has got miracle formula's for different immune system.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      medicinalplants, I think going vegan alone can not cure the illness. You need to eat a lot of high fiber complex carbs to be safe from sudden rising of blood glucose.

      It is a long fight ahead you know.

      I've watched the video. The MD shows explicitly that having protein meals with high fiber carbs is also an option (humans are omnivorous, we tend to eat everything edible) and this is what I recommend to every one with type 2 diabetes.

      Balanced diet and sport.

    • medicinalplants profile image


      6 years ago from Norwich,United Kingdom

      Excellent article. Herbs together with lifestyle changes such as going vegan if you can and routine exercises can go a long way in defeating diabetes. The youtube video link below gives more advice on lifestyle changes that can work wonders for some people with diabetes.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      It is ordinary white bean kind Doodlehead, the one present in most markets. But AFAIK - any dry bean pod will do just fine. The enzyme is present even in the pods of soy and peas, but in lower quantities.

      You should know - they will lower Glucose levels fast and you better not be near hypo when you drink the infusion.

    • Doodlehead profile image


      6 years ago from Northern California

      Interesting. Apple cider vinegar is the only one I knew about. The dry bean pods...are thse fava beans?

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Agree Savagepriest, sport works miracles.

      khmohsin, the drinks slow down the absorption and they also help clean the arteries but should be taken very moderately :)

      Not like me ;)

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      6 years ago


      I am really impressed with your post. This is far proved items for the control of Diabetics. But i could not see the Wine and Vodka in the streamline as it could not affect more as the previous one items you discussed.

      Thanks for sharing this great knowledge. Sharing with friends too

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      6 years ago

      though the remedies look promising i think people should be more cautious of what they eat, exercise and good diet will always help in preventing diabetes

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you starbright. Being in care of a relative having this illness taught me a lot about it.

      Sometimes it takes only a small change to get better.

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      Lucy Jones 

      6 years ago from Scandinavia

      Thanks for sharing this invaluable info on diabetes and ways to control it. Regular physical exercise combined with a nourishing, healthy diet can go a very long way for diabetes and just plain daily living. Voted up as useful. Thanks Mordor.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Yes, the regular exercise is also very important.

      Not just for diabetes :)

    • coolhubs profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      Very good hub, its nice to to find a lot of good ideas at one stop.

      Just to add another self help tip of controlling diabetes - getting a routine of regular exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day, and sensible diet. If you are on medication, consult with your doctor.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thanks for pointing out the bitter mellon vibesites, I will check it out and see what I can learn.

    • vibesites profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      In Asia (also particularly in the Philippines), they grow a wrinkly vegetable called "bitter melon", and these crops are also processed as herbal medicines, usually in the form of capsules. They also have excellent anti-diabetic properties.

      Thanks for sharing your great hub. I'll vote this one up. :D

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for dropping by sfshine. I lost a friend to diabetes type 2.

      I wish I knew more things for this illness then.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Useful information. I am trying to control my diabetes with the home remedies. They work fine with diet control.

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      7 years ago

      Hi, I am having strange things to reduce my glucose level and it is working well on my nervous system. I have been consulting SB group from India on line. I have made my own toxin free medication with help of Mr SB. But before you try this you have to consult expert like Mr SB SIDH.Because this ingrediaent are mentioned to me according to my immune details what I'm having.

      you have to get:-

      1) Azadirachta indica leaf powder,

      2) lemmon juice.

      3) coconut water 200ml.

      4) holi basil leaf powder.

      consume 3 times a day and drink 3 glass of water every 3 hours and see the result.

      I have old mailing address of SB SIDH, just check if it still working. ( )

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      7 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      This may not be diabetes yet Lilleyth, but a visit to the endocrinologist is a good idea.

      Often pre- type II is diagnosed with a yearly exam.

      It begins with insulin resistance in the body and gaining some pounds even when not eating much.

      If you are shaky before meals and sleepy after meals, I suggest you speak with the doc and you may control it only with diet and sport.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      This is such wonderful information which I am posting on my FB page as diabetes runs in my family and I've been experiencing some of the symtoms myself lately such as being sleepy after meals and getting shaky before meals.

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this informative hub.

    • IsadoraPandora profile image


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Voted UP! Thank you!

    • gryphin423 profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Great information. I much prefer home remedies. Thank you for sharing!

    • uniquearticlesbuz profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing this informative hub its really nice and useful.

    • JenJen0703 profile image

      Jennifer McLeod 

      7 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Good information and well-written hub. Voted up and shared!

    • Cresentmoon2007 profile image


      7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      What great information! I love natural remedies and though I do not have diabetes myself I enjoyed this hub and I am sure many will find this information to be useful. Voted up.

    • rlaha profile image


      7 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Wow! Very informative and useful hub! I will have to pass this on to my father in law, who suffers from severe diabetes. Thanks!!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Hi there,

      I think number 7 is a little easier not to resist, not that I'm a heavy drinker, but a galss of wine here and there won't cause problems to any trooper that could see you driving with no care. Thanks and voted up!


    • barryseotech profile image


      7 years ago from England

      great information!

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      7 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Strange. Yesterday they were having some difficulties obviously :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      You are quite welcome

      As for WA - I can only see 3 out of 6 awarded answers, but I can see all my other answers. Not sure how it works yet. hmmmm will need to check with molometer or Brett.

    • m0rd0r profile imageAUTHOR

      Stoill Barzakov 

      7 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thanks again for the thumbs up missolive

      BTW: (offtopic) Did you experience problems in WebAnswers as well this week? I was unable to even see my old answers :/

    • missolive profile image

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Very informative. Diabetes is highly prevalent in my region as well as in my family. Will be researching more and sharing. Thank you! Great hub!

      Voted up!


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